7 plus (7+) Exam – University College School (UCS) – What you need to know




A friendly and compact school, UCS The Junior Branch is nestled at the top of Hampstead in North London. As The Junior Branch is situated close to the Senior School, the boys have access to a large sports hall and swimming pool. In addition, 25 acres of playing fields and an all-weather pitch at the school’s Ranulf Road site (West Hampstead) is only 10 minutes away by coach.


This school allows boys to develop at their own academic pace, but does challenge and has high expectations. Although boys do not have to take a further exam to advance to the Senior School (a serious plus point and consideration for many parents attracted to this school), they must be able to cope with its academic demands. If a boy is struggling with the curriculum, then discussions will be had with parents and he may not be able to progress to the Senior School.


University College School (UCS) 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


School Name: University College School (UCS)  – The Junior Branch

Description: Boys day

Age range: 7-11

Size: 240

Fees:  £5,676 per term

Address: 11 Holly Hill, Hampstead, London,NW3 6QN

Email: juniorbranch@usc.org.uk

Website: http://www.ucs.org.uk/

Telephone: 020 7435 3068

Admissions email: jbadmissions@ucs.org.uk


University College School (UCS) 7 Plus (7+) Admissions




Approximately 60 boys across three classes will be admitted into Year 3. It is expected that between 180 and 200 will make an initial application.




Registration takes place between January and October in the year prior to entry. The deadline is in October. Apply online here.


Registration fee: £125


View the prospectus online or order a hard copy by clicking here.


Open Days/Visits


All 7+ applicants are invited to the school during the autumn term in small groups. Parents and children will meet the headmaster. Parents will be given a tour of the school by him, whilst boys are interviewed. They will take part in listening and discussion exercises and a short reading assessment.


There is a further opportunity to attend an open evening taking place in either September or October. Parents are encouraged to bring their sons to one of them. The evening includes a tour of the school with a present pupil and the opportunity to talk to staff and to meet the Headmaster. It is essential that you register. To do so, contact the Headmaster’s Secretary (Junior Branch) on 020 7435 3068 or email: juniorbranch@ucs.org.uk


University College School (UCS) 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


7 plus entrance exams take place in the January of the year of entry and include papers in:


  • Maths
  • English
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.


Tests are administered in a classroom setting where boys will also have their social skills and interactions monitored. Group work, play and having fun are also very much part of the assessment.


Last year’s comprehension paper was factual and based on an account of Buzz Aldrin. The creative writing question followed on from this, asking boys to describe how they would have felt landing on the moon.


University College School (UCS) 7 Plus (7+) Exam Practice Papers


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University College School (UCS) 7 Plus (7+) Interviews and activities


For 7 plus, these are conducted prior to the exam in the autumn term. A boy’s ability to read well and confidently, and to understand what he has read, are very important entrance criteria. Teachers will ask them questions about what they have read, so verbal comprehension practice is essential. As a guide, the school is looking for boys who are about two years ahead of their national average reading age.


Considerable attention is paid to how they socially interact with their peers. Their approach and ability to engage in teamwork and play will also be carefully assessed. Confident readers who have demonstrated good social skills will be asked back to take the exams in January.


University College School (UCS) 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Fee assistance is only available to families entering the Senior School. Academic scholarships which a financial award are not offered, as the school’s stated aim is to only ‘target fee assistance towards those candidates and those families who would not otherwise be able to take advantage of a UCS education.’


Academic excellence is however recognised and awarded in different ways.


University College School (UCS): Destination Schools at 11+


Most boys will transfer to the Senior School where they are joined by a new intake of 11 year-olds. They will be regrouped into four form units, taking the year group up to approx 80. They are not required to sit a qualifying exam and will transfer automatically to the Senior School.


Other entry points for University College School (UCS):


Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam


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